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There have been critics led by Dr Johnson who have wished away the first act of the play Othello. What is the importance of the first act?

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There have been critics led by Dr Johnson who have wished away the first act of the play Othello. What is the importance of the first act?

As in the majority of plays, the opening act is once which sets the mood, atmosphere and general location for the rest of the play. Some might say it is the more important of acts as it is the deciding factor of whether the audience will be interested in watching the play or not. The opening scene to Othello starts off in the midst of an argument between Iago and Roderigo. As it is in the middle of the argument the audience is unsure of what they are arguing about, this intrigues us and makes us want to find out. This method of the audience not knowing what has happened before the pay has started is called exposition.

The play starts during an argument, so the atmosphere would be heated and tense, therefore making the audience excited and keen to know more. In Elizabethan times it would have been popular for a play to start very dramatically as this would have been the only signal to tell the

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